9/10/2010

Mr. Olive Spring 2010 Denim Preview


The above denims are part of the Mr. Olive Spring 2010 collection which will be in store in January 2011. Mr. Olive's denim is widely popular in Japan, but relatively unknown outside of Japan. Today we want to describe some of the details that make Mr. Olive's denim so popular among denim enthusiasts.

Mr. Olive uses select artisans throughout Japan to create denims with quality craftsmanship, vintage details, and moderns fits. Mr. Olive denim keeps over 100-year history of making selvedge denim by weaving select fabrics on vintage shuttle looms - the "right" way to make durable denim. All Mr. Olive selvedge denim fabrics are made by artisans in Okayama, Japan. Due to the time consuming process of making the denim fabric, the factory is capable of making only 20 pairs of denim (maximum) per day. The above photos is Mr. Olive's indigo pima raw selvedge denim with sulpher dyed weft in slim tapered fit. More photos of the denim below.

The denim is cut for a modern fit by artisans in Miyagi, Japan, historically known for suit making, for detailed cuts. The above denim uses 13oz pima raw denim with indigo surface and charcoal, sulpher dyed weft. The pima cotton fabric (thin, super long thread) provides softness, strength and polish. The denim will fade naturally with a slight hint of both gray from loss of indigo and charcoal.

Close up detail of the selvedge line and the sulpher dyed weft.

The pima indigo denim with sulpher dyed weft will be available in 3 styles: raw, wrinkled, and regin. The regin wash (top) shows how the raw denim (left) will natural fade showing a light hint of both gray from loss of indigo and charcoal.

For washed denim, Mr. Olive uses artisans in Kanagawa, Japan, for their up-to-date techniques. The fabric is Mr. Olive's signature 13.5oz selvedge which has a smooth surface and soft to the touch. The denim is given a natural wash use regin, then is overdyed in earth color (beige) for a vintage feel.

The earth color takes inspiration from early America Nevada coal miners.

Close up detail of the yellow selvedge.